trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Definition of trader

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
a : merchant
b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

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Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders

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But with Chinese buyers having avoided U.S. soybeans for months up until late December, traders said much more... Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Soybean Futures Rise on China Purchase Plans," 1 Feb. 2019 Many Chinese traders say their country may be thriving, but the competition there is vicious. The Economist, "A long way from homeChinese workers and traders in Africa," 17 May 2018 The rupee’s slide to a 15-month low after Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party failed to gain a majority in a key state election prompted the authorities to step in and support the currency, traders said. Kartik Goyal,, "Rupee's Slide to 15-Month Low Said to Have Spurred Intervention," 16 May 2018 Oil traders will be watching prices near a key psychological threshold as Brent contracts in London approach $80 a barrel for the first time since 2014. Robert Tuttle,, "No Trump Bump on Iran as Hedge Funds Stay Cautious on Oil Boost," 14 May 2018 For now, supplies from Iran have not been affected, but traders and analysts are nevertheless watching the rallies and their consequences. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "Oil Price Briefly Reaches $70 as Buoyant Global Economy Bolsters Demand," 16 Jan. 2018 Governments and commodity traders spend billions of dollars every year trying to get a handle on the oil industry, but the market is so wild that experts have called it broken or even rigged. Grant Burningham, Newsweek, "How Satellite Imaging Will Revolutionize Everything From Stock Picking to Farming," 8 Sep. 2016 The dollar edged higher while holding to a tight range Wednesday as traders prepared for the conclusion of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dollar Ticks Up Ahead of Fed Decision," 30 Jan. 2019 The employment news seemed to reassure traders who had been spooked by Thursday’s promises by leaders in Europe, Canada and Mexico to retaliate against Trump’s steel import tariffs with their own new fees on and factory products. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Investors discount tariff threats as U.S. economy surges under Trump," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades
2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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